Some of it is, yes. Many universities and some individual programs
put their stipend rates on their websites. Sometimes individuals also
reveal their various stipend offers in specialized forums.
used to collect stipend information for students in the biological
sciences across many universities and
publishes an aggregated graduate student compensation for life science fields.
(If you know of any more examples of websites that collect(ed) PhD stipend information,
please email them to us.)
However, when we tried to find grad student stipend information from the
university and departmental/program websites, we found it to be incomplete,
outdated, and laborious to track down. Our general observation was that public
universities kept their stipend information closer to the vest than private
universities did, sometimes only publishing the absolute minimum stipend.
We believe that this database will supply stipend information in a manner
and to an extent that is not currently available elsewhere online. We want
you to be able to quickly see what grad students in your field are earning
across many universities instead of having to search them out individually.
We want you to be able to see what students in different departments at a single university are being paid,
as those stipends may differ from what is published as the general stipend level
for that university. It is also rare to find information online (except in forums)
about what specific departments/programs offer as bonuses for winning an external
fellowship, which can drastically change a graduate student's overall